Middle Juruá Territory Program is recognized by ?Prémio Ecuador? organized by UNDP

Coming to the end of the third year of a journey with significant results, the initiative celebrates its position among the finalists of the 2020 Ecuador Prize

Organized by the Ecuador Initiative within the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Ecuador Prize is awarded biennially and recognizes community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. 

The Middle Juruá Territory Program (TMJ Program), which operates on several fronts in promoting a Territorial Development Plan for the Middle Juruá region, in the state of Amazonas, reached the final stage of the award, ranking among the 76 initiatives of globally recognized for their results in promoting transformations in local communities, rural areas and indigenous communities. 

The achievement of this recognition after evaluating indicators such as impact, innovation, scalability, social inclusion and gender equality, reaffirms the potential of the TMJ Program in its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), generating a legacy of changes that positively impact local communities and the future of the Amazon region. 

?We give Sitawi we are honored to lead the TMJ Program and to have served as the Executive Secretary of the TMJ Local Governance Forum for the past few years. Local partners are the protagonists of this collective initiative that unites people and biodiversity in the Amazon. Locally, the fruits of this sustainable development are tangible. Being able to share them in a prominent international showcase such as the Ecuador Prize, can inspire others in the same way as it has inspired us in recent years.?, highlights Roland Widmer, Program Manager at Sitawi.

ÇWith 8 supported sustainable products, 325,000 baby turtles released in the wild and more than 900,000 hectares of conserved forests, the TMJ Program directly affected the lives of 2,459 people, promoting – in addition to biodiversity conservation – significant socioeconomic improvements in the region, through local production chains and sustainable management of natural resources.   

To follow the results, more details about the projects and who makes it all happen, access the PTMJ Year II Bulletin: In Portuguese and in English.

 About the Program 

The Middle Juruá Territory Program is a territorial development initiative focused on the Middle Juruá, a region of high biological importance in the state of Amazonas, which aims to conserve biodiversity and improve the quality of life of traditional and indigenous populations in the territory.

The TMJ Program is funded by USAID, Natura and Coca-Cola Brasil, coordinated by Sitawi in partnership with members of the Middle Juruá Territory Forum. The implementing partners are the Association of Rural Producers of Carauari (ASPROC); Association of Agroextractivist Residents of the Uacari Sustainable Development Reserve (AMARU); Association of Extractivist Residents of the Community of São Raimundo (AMECSARA); Association of Agroextractivist Women of the Middle Juruá (ASMAMJ); Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) and has as strategic partners the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) and the Department of Climate Change and Management of Conservation Units (DEMUC/SEMA). 

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